A Speech Resonates: Senator Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME), Profile in Courage Against Joe McCarthy

In June, 1950, a freshman Republican senator from the state of Maine took her political life in her hands by challenging a hateful demagogue, fellow Republican Senator Joe McCarthy. Margaret Chase Smith (1897-1995), the first and only woman to serve in the US Senate for many years, offered a "Declaration of Conscience" that has become... Continue Reading →


Presumptions of Innocence Should Work for Women As Well As Men

President Trump says "it's a very scary time for men" because, with the "MeToo Movement," they are now presumed guilty instead of innocent. But women have always been presumed guilty when reporting sex crimes. For centuries if not eons, if women say they were harassed or abused, they receive questions like, "What did you do... Continue Reading →

Feminism Grows Stronger in Trump ‘Era’

Little did those who rejected Hillary Clinton as the first female president in 2016 realize that they were igniting a movement of fourth-wave feminism, against sexual harassment in the workplace that would sweep through American politics, the halls of Congress, state legislatures, Hollywood, the news media, and even one of the country's most conservative bastions, the... Continue Reading →

37 Reasons Hillary Lost. Misogyny Was At Least One

This meme offers 37 reasons Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election. Susan Bordo contributes to understanding it with The Destruction of Hillary Clinton,  how the right and left vilified and brought down "an extraordinarily well-qualified, experienced, and admired candidate" through a combination of smears and misogyny. She compares the treatment of Hillary to that of Anne Boleyn,... Continue Reading →

Feminism Lost 2016 Election. Now What?

They still believe in the cause of equality and are thinking of new strategies to reach working class white women of a younger generation than Hillary Clinton. NYT: Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, cites a poll commissioned from Lake Research Partners conducted on the eve of the election. It found that 59... Continue Reading →

Misogyny Continues Online

Calls to "repeal the 19th Amendment," which gave women the right to vote in 1920, remarkably became a trending topic online and Twitter hashtag during the 2016 election after political analyst Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com reported that Trump would win almost every state if only men voted. Snopes.com scoffed at the notion that the Twitter... Continue Reading →

Majority of White Women Voted for Trump

Samantha Bee: "Democrats might feel lost in the woods, but they're ignoring an obvious trail of breadcrumbs." Is this the end of the gender gap, the "women's vote," feminism as a political movement that has appeal beyond a relatively narrow faction of progressives? Electing a woman president, "breaking the glass ceiling," does not seem to... Continue Reading →

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